SPJ DePaul at the Excellence in Journalism Conference

SPJ DePaul Exec Board Photo

SPJ DePaul’s executive board at the SPJ-RTDNA Excellence in Journalism conference. From left: Monica Kucera, Monica Carter, Ali Trumbull, Ryann Rumbaugh and Brianna Kelly.

SPJ DePaul’s executive board attended the SPJ-RTDNA Excellence in Journalism conference Sept. 20-22 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The students attended seminars on reporting, writing, broadcast, freedom of information, ethics and social media.

Besides attending the sessions, the students also interviewed several journalists and experts on the Freedom of Information Act and how journalists can overcome roadblocks for public records requests. They’re creating two videos about FOIA and will publish them on YouTube in October.

Nearly 1,000 professional journalists attended the conference. This is the third consecutive year that SPJ DePaul has attended.

NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern Talks Political Coverage with SPJ DePaul

Mary Ann Ahern Photo

Mary Ann Ahern talked about the demanding role of covering politics. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

By Monica Carter

Standing your ground, sticking to your ethics and sorting through all of the political spin are just some of the challenges faced by political reporters, NBC 5 Chicago reporter Mary Ann Ahern told DePaul journalism students on Tuesday.

Ahern talked about her start at a Peoria television station 30 years ago as well as her current role covering Chicago’s politics, elections and the recent Chicago Public Schools teachers strike. She also told the audience at the SPJ DePaul event how she got her big break in the industry, spoke on the delicate balance of raising a family while working a demanding job, and gave tips on how to cover sensitive topics regarding crime and politics.

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NBC 5 Chicago Political Reporter Mary Ann Ahern to Speak at SPJ DePaul Event

Mary Ann Ahern

NBC 5 Political Reporter Mary Ann Ahern (courtesy photo)

NBC 5 Chicago Political Reporter Mary Ann Ahern will talk about covering elections and the ethical challenges that reporters face at an SPJ DePaul event on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The event will be held in room 1230 on the 12th floor of DePaul’s 14 E. Jackson Blvd. campus. Admission is free to DePaul students and SPJ DePaul alums.

Ahern, a veteran television reporter, also will discuss covering the recent Republican and Democratic national conventions, as well as best practices for political reporters.

Food and refreshments will be served at the event, and door prizes will be given away. SPJ DePaul’s new T-shirts will be on sale as well.

SPJ DePaul Chapter T-Shirts on Sale!

SPJ DePaul T-shirts

Buy one!

SPJ DePaul is selling T-shirts! They cost $10 for chapter members and $15 for non-members. They’re high-quality tees that won’t fall apart in the washer. The SPJ DePaul logo is on the front. The graphic on the back that says “We Do It AP Style”.

Sizes range from small to XL and you can order as many as you like. We accept cash or check made out to SPJ DePaul. You can pick them up in Mike Reilley’s office, room 1106 at 14 E. Jackson Blvd. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Or contact one of our executive board members!